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Roaming Historical Characters

Roaming Historical Characters

Stop by the Monument and get into a casual conversation with Architect Alexander Ralston (1771 – 1827), who platted the streets of Indianapolis and Entrepreneur John Freeman (1807-1902), an African American businessman who owned a restaurant near the Circle.

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Placemaking Lunch Conversation: David Engwicht

Placemaking Lunch Conversation: David Engwicht

With Spark: Monument Circle winding to a close, let’s consider the impact of creative placemaking projects. Bring your lunch as Australian public space guru David Engwicht discusses the challenges and outcomes of creatively transforming our shared spaces.

This event is part of the Big Car and Reconnecting to Our Waterways series on Creative Placemaking. Find out more at:
http://www.bigcar.org/placemakingseries/.

Other partners include:
Indiana Arts Commission, Love Indy, Indianapolis City Market, IndyGo, Harrison Center for the Arts and City Gallery, StreamLines, White River Festival, DaVinci Pursuit, Ball State University Department of Landscape Architecture, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC), TEDxIndianapolis, and Spark Monument Circle.

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Theme Walk: Haunted Indianapolis

Theme Walk: Haunted Indianapolis

What downtown hotspots give you the spooks? Explore Indy’s haunted locations with Craig McCormick and others on this themed walk. Visit several stations to hear tales of downtown hauntings. It’s the last Walking Wednesday at Spark!

Before or during the event, download this link to Flickr for some related images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigcar/albums/72157659682843235

MEET AT THE WELCOME TRAILER in front of South Bend Chocolate Company and you will be put in a group and dispatched to one of three stations to hear tales of hauntings.
Since this walk includes a visit to the Catacombs, proper footwear must be worn (ABSOLUTELY NO HIGH HEELS) due to the uneven ground.

EXPECT TO WAIT. Large crowds expected!
* For your dining pleasure: 3 Carrots and Circle City Soups will be open in the City Market
* For your musical entertainment: Chris Dance and the Holy Echo

 

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Circle Walking

Circle Walking

Borrow a pedometer from the Welcome Trailer and take a power lap around the Monument! It’s Walking Wednesday people, so let’s get stepping!

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Indy Look Up

Indy Look Up

Every Wednesday at noon, bring your camera phone/camera, some comfy shoes, whatever you know about our city, AND meet us at the Spark Welcome Trailer to take part in British artist/writer Cara Courage’s Indy Look Up Project!

As you take pictures, share what you know as you walk with us and post to Facebook/Twitter.

To upload the images to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lookupproject

Twitter (with the hashtag #IndyLookUp)

This can be done as the walk progresses or afterwards in one go– whatever you like.

You don’t have to wait till Wednesdays either; contribute to Indy Look Up anytime you are out and about!

More about Look Up from www.caracourage.net.

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Indiana Landmarks’ FREE Monument Circle Walking Tour

Indiana Landmarks’ FREE Monument Circle Walking Tour

Indiana Landmarks’ guided tour around the physical and symbolic heart of Indianapolis tells the intriguing story of Monument Circle, past and present. Join Indiana Landmarks docent Susie Dawson to hear about the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and why the woman on top faces south. You’ll learn the roundabout’s role in the original city plan and the stories of the encircling architecture, both past and present.

Meet outside the South Bend Chocolate Company on the southwest quadrant of Monument Circle.

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Rad Grrls Club

Rad Grrls Club is a gathering of female artists who take time to share and work on our art projects.  Current project is a Rad Grrls Zine about nerdy feminism. Need a creative prompt? The Rad Grrls have one for you.

Everybody is invited to show up and be creative with the Rad Grrls at Spark — look for them at a picnic table on Tuesdays!

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Ask Me Anything (About the Monument) presented by Indiana Landmarks

Ask Me Anything (About the Monument) presented by Indiana Landmarks

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is the icon of Indianapolis. Who designed it? What’s it made of? What does the imagery mean? On Talking Tuesday at Spark, ask an Indiana Landmarks docent anything you want about the amazing Monument we sometimes take for granted.

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Ask-an-Expert: Science Fiction and Philosophy

Ask-an-Expert: Science Fiction and Philosophy

You won’t want to miss chatting with this last expert of SPARK! Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  Not only does he teach biomedical ethics and other courses in the Department of Philosophy at IUPUI, he was the Editor of Star Wars and PhilosophyStar Trek and Philosopy, and Battlestar Galactic and Philosophy.

Ask him about the complexities of sci-fi films and t.v. series and how they often have strong philosophical themes!

A special thanks goes to our partner, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

 

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ALL-IN Conversations

ALL-IN Conversations

Share your Indiana stories in weekly tabletop conversations with prompts provided by Indiana Humanities, such as “Why do you love Indiana?” and “When did your family first come to Indiana?” For more information about our awesome partner, Indiana Humanities, click here!